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Helping those in need: A home for Vaughn

Helping those in need: A home for Vaughn

Hot Cares received a phone call from Graham Cooper, providing us with an update about his housemate Vaughn Van Reeuwyk. Graham had nominated Vaughn for Christmas Wish 2020 and he was one of the recipients.  

Due to financial difficulties Vaughn had fallen behind in his rent and the landlord had given him notice to move out as he had found another tenant.

Vaughn has been to various shelters in the area looking for accommodation and was left with very few options.

The day Graham contacted Hot Cares you could hear the hopelessness in his voice. It was the day that Vaughn had to vacate the premises, “He won’t know to turn left or right, he doesn’t know where to go”.

Hot Cares immediately contacted, Anthea Da Costa, the owner of Wings of Inspiration Women and Children’s Shelter for advice and to our surprise was able to assist with accommodation for Vaughn at the Wings of Inspiration Elderly Care Centre.

However, there was a shortage of beds at the centre. Hot Cares has assisted in purchasing a bed, towels and toiletries for Vaughn and he was collected by Wings of Inspiration and taken to his new home.

He now volunteers at the centre, tending to the garden and livestock. The family at Wings of Inspiration Women and Children’s Shelter having been taking great care of Vaughn – they have even begun an exercise class in the morning!

Hot Cares would like to thank Anthea Da Costa and the Wings of Inspiration Women and Children’s Shelter for their assistance, kindness, and generosity.

Making an incredible difference in children’s lives: Lynn Tyack

Making an incredible difference in children’s lives: Lynn Tyack

Lynn Tyack, a local foster mom, is a fantastic caregiver to abandoned babies and children that have been removed by authorities. A modern-day hero who has chosen to spend her retirement years serving and caring for the vulnerable children in the community.

Hot Cares’ relationship with Lynn started in September 2018 when we helped her get a triplet pram and we have been working with Lynn ever since.

Over the years of us knowing Lynn we have seen many babies being taken in by her and often receive updates regarding the wellbeing of the little ones. From voice notes with babies crying in the background, to amazing photo transformations of underweight babies into healthy strong children, Lynn goes above and beyond to see that her babies’ needs are consistently met.

Lockdown for Lynn was an extremely difficult time. As a single mom without her helper being allowed to work, she truly had her hands full 24/7.

She recently reached out to us for help which is something Lynn never does and asked if we could assist in any way with one of her foster children, Jessica’s, school fees. Little Jess has Down’s Syndrome, and she has truly thrived whilst in Lynn’s care.

To assist Lynn and Jessica, Hot Cares will be covering 6 months’ worth of Jessica’s school fees.

Care and protection: The Animal Anti-Cruelty League

Care and protection: The Animal Anti-Cruelty League

The Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) Johannesburg has been protecting and caring for animals in South Africa since 1956 and recently celebrated their 65th anniversary on the 28th of February 2021.

The organization has about 300 animals on site at the Regents Park kennel facility waiting to be adopted.

The stray and abandoned animals arrive daily for varied reasons, many being from families that are no longer able to afford to keep them, emigration or downsizing and sadly, where pets have managed to escape from their homes, and many have no way of identifying to whom they belong to.

The dogs and cats can consume nearly 2000kg of pet food at an approximate cost of R45 000 – R50 000 per month. As with many charities, the COVID 19 pandemic has brought many challenges for AACL. As an NPO, they have been required to continue adapting and changing the way they care for animals through both the full veterinary welfare hospital and the kennel facility. All this being done with a greatly reduced sponsorship and donation income. As an essential service AACL- JHB, through their veterinary hospital, has continued assisting the low income and unemployed community members receive primary health care for their pets.

These services include vaccinations, sterilisations, and emergency surgeries. Pandemic protocols have restricted the number of people allowed on the property, limiting the numbers of walk ins, with both the hospital and adoptions now working on an appointment basis only. This all to safeguard staff and clients, as per government directive. However, this has all impacted negatively on AACL’s revenue stream.

To try and assist the community, AACL looked at the psychosocial impact of lockdown on the family unit and their pets, especially where families, with children and elderly were housebound due to the strict lockdown protocols. Their focus was to alleviate any potential temporary influx of animals entering the kennels due to loss or reduction of income and jobs. They set up a feeding scheme for our local community members to assist them in the feeding of their animals.

Although AACL have instituted other initiatives, like their online pet product store to generate income, they have unfortunately reached a point where their monthly income generation has either being cancelled (events and fundraisers) or there has been a reduction in donations and sponsorships. This has placed a huge pressure on their cash flow with investments having taken a severe beating.

As low-income community members throughout Johannesburg continue to struggle financially, AACL continue to look at ways to help those families with the welfare of their animals.

AACL does not receive any funding from The South African Government and rely on the generosity of public support. With your help, AACL can continue improving the lives of animals. Your contribution is vital, and every bit helps.

To assist the AACL

  • Consider adopting a pet
  • Become an AACL-JHB yearly member.
  • Monthly debit orders
  • Adhoc donations
  • Pet food/ blankets donations
  • Donation from their wish list
  • Sponsor a shelter animal at R300 per month.
  • Buy pet food and pet products through their online store.
  • Checkers – Swipe for Good card
  • My School Card

Hot Cares thanks AACL for protecting, caring, and being involved with all aspects of animal welfare – and will be donating dog food to the value of R10 000.

We urge our listeners to donate towards this worthy cause. Please email or visit if you can assist.

The Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) NPO 000-560 / PBO 930006842

Giving to Life: In honour of Nathan Bewsher

Giving to Life: In honour of Nathan Bewsher

Cathy Bewsher contacted Hot Cares to ask that we help in assisting with creating more awareness for the Organ and Tissue Donor Foundation, as well as possibly help raise some funds for them – all in commemoration of their son, Nathan’s, 14th birthday.

During lockdown last year, Nathan Bewsher (13), sustained a severe head trauma upon falling whilst out on a jog.

Nathan was a hard- working, disciplined and kind boy and he was a student at St. Johns Preparatory. He had quite a sense of humour and was his family’s little ‘wingman’ in everything sense of the word, be it doing odd jobs around the house – he enjoyed trying his hand at everything.

Also, something of a daredevil, Nathan was fearless whilst still being most gentle, respectful child who never gave his family any trouble.

When he was found in the neighbour’s driveway, he was unresponsive. The family tried to perform CPR until medical help arrived. The medics managed to regain his heartbeat and he was taken to Milpark Hospital where he was placed on life support in the trauma ICU. Nathan spent 6 days in a coma, unable to breathe on his own.

Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the doctors, it became apparent that Nathan would not regain consciousness. The family were left with a decision – to either let him pass away naturally on his own as his organs slowly shut down or to consider allowing him to be an organ donor and thereby potentially saving others’ lives.

The family made the difficult decision to donate his life saving, healthy organs. They did not want his death to have been in vain and know that being the kind, generous boy that he was, he would have wanted it too, and in doing so he saved four lives.

The family have become very passionate about trying to help the Organ Donor Foundation gain more potential donors on their roll, both from an organ perspective as well as tissue.

“With his determination and love for life, we are confident Nathan would have done something great and grown to be an amazing man with so much to give to the world. His contribution to our own small world in his short life was indescribably priceless, full of value and love. As such, this is will be our little hero boy, our Nathan’s legacy, since he can’t be here to make it for himself.”

Cathy Bewsher mentions the following:

  1. Please consider becoming a registered organ/tissue donor,
  2. If you are or do want to be a donor, please discuss this with your family so that they know your wishes
  3. One can become a living tissue donor
  4. Learn CPR and should you find yourself in a position where a person appears deceased, still perform it anyway until help arrives, this can potentially save their organs which can still save lives.

According to the Organ Donor Foundation, there are more than 4 300 South African adults and children, who are currently awaiting organ transplants and could die if donors are not found. Less than 0.02% of South Africa’s population are organ donors. The ODF is a completely self- funded NGO with no financial assistance from the government.

To register for organ and tissue donation visit

Whilst Nathan was in hospital, Pirates Running Club ran a 5km heart shaped route and left messages of support and well wishes. The family has decided to host a small virtual walk and fundraiser in honour of Nathan – creating awareness for the Organ Donor Foundation. To sign up and join Nathan’s Birthday Run/Walk click here.  Presented by Pirates Road Running.

In memory of Nathan Bewsher, Hot Cares will be making a donation of R10 000 towards the Organ Donor Foundation.

A friend in need- Lisa and Marlin

A friend in need- Lisa and Marlin

Marlin Nagan got in touch with Hot Cares regarding her ex- colleague Lisa Theron. As an experienced recruiter, Lisa has fallen on hard times.

She last worked at Cash Converters as a buyer and has subsequently been retrenched. She lost everything – became homeless and moved into the bushes opposite the Bellair Spar with her two dogs.

A pastor then offered her accommodation in Cosmo City; however, they have recently been evicted.

A neighbour then offered Lisa a place to sleep in her shed, until she can get back on her feet. Lisa is desperate for assistance, especially for food and dog food.

Hot Cares will be assisting Lisa with storage unit costs, grocery vouchers and medication costs.

Heli Hero: Lawrence Masanabo

Heli Hero: Lawrence Masanabo

Bill Watt, a helicopter engineer got in touch with Hot Cares regarding a colleague of his, Lawrence Masando.  Bill has worked with Lawrence for the past five years at Grand Central Airport in Midrand, where Lawrence is an apprentice.  As the family breadwinner, Lawrence was educated near Maloto in Pretoria, has worked at KFC as a fryer and through dedication and determination, joined Grand Central Airport as an apprentice. He attended MATA for initial training and later returned to complete the trade test exams.

Lawrence has shown great potential and has passed his apprentice exams and now needs to take various Civil Aviation exams to obtain his engineers license on various types of helicopters. The experience Lawrence has gained over the past 5 years has been extensive on all the helicopters that Eskom use, as well as various emergency helicopters used locally and in the rest of Africa. Bill Watt has also personally mentored him where possible, including trips in RSA and in Zimbabwe.

Unfortunately, Lawrence cannot afford the various courses and exam fees to complete his training and it would be a pity to see such a hard-working talented young man not to complete his license.

Hot Cares has decided to help Lawrence achieve his aviation goals, by covering the license exam fees worth R13 350 at MATA – Mega Aero Training Academy.